By Peg Prendeville

Imagine we are gone past the longest day of the year already!

There are just a few days left to get your tickets for the Killeaney soccer 40th anniversary celebrations in Knockdown on Saturday July 4th . It sounds like it is going to be a great weekend of celebration and reminiscing on former highs and lows of the club. It begins on Friday night with an Irish night in the Knockdown Arms. The main celebrations on Saturday and the weekly Lotto Draw on Sunday night. Hopefully the weather will be nice and the midges will be gone on holidays!

Laura Enright, Dromreask is taking dates for Wedding Mass music. Contact her on 086 2537442 or 068 34438. She wishes to thank everybody for their support in the Voice of Ireland journey earlier this year.

All the schools are closing for holidays this weekend. This brings mixed reactions depending on ones circumstances. “It will be great to have the time off.” “How are we going to keep the children occupied til September.” “We are bored. We have nothing to do!” Whichever way it goes I hope both children and parents enjoy the time and keep safe especially near water. The tragedy in California last week is a reminder for all of us parents to appreciate our children, even when they are driving us mad. May those students whom we know are on J-1 at the moment arrive home safely to us. God comfort those parents who have been bereaved. No words can heal their pain.

Fr McNamara in Loughill/Ballyhahill invites anyone to contact him if they wish him to attend a funeral outside of the Parish. The parish financial accounts are posted on the notice board inside the front door of the Churches for anyone who wishes to read them and come up with ideas of how to clear the debt!

Some of you may remember me telling you of my grandchild Lucy who started weekly physio in First Step Therapy in Patrickswell last September. Back then, Lucy, who was 1.5 years and has spina bifida, could barely move her legs, could not sit unaided and could not crawl. Nine months later she has come on so much. She can now sit up straight and kick out her legs with excitement. When lying down she can lift her legs with 4 kg weights on them. Originally she was doing only 5% of the movements herself while physiotherapist did them for her but now she is doing most without help. 100 “leg ups” with or without weights would test any of us, but this is what she is doing. She can do press-ups and get into a crawling position and will soon be crawling. Presently she can pull herself along the floor on her stomach. We are all so proud of her and look forward to more improvement as time goes on. I am only telling you to prove that perseverance and practice always pays off. She is a blessing in our family.

 Lucy on the left with her sister Lily

Lucy on the left with her sister Lily